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Thursday, December 9, 2010



I got the email yesterday evening informing me I was accepted into the 2011 ambassador program for GU (, you should go, just click the link already. Don't be scared, it'll open in a new tab/window).

How the ambassador program differs from a capital S "Sponsorship" is beyond me, but frankly I don't care.  I love their product and love how it helps me train and race.  Also, it doesn't hurt when your triathlon "guidance counselor" is (capital S) Sponsored by them.  And just a note of congratulations to Billy and his wife Lara on the birth of their 1st child, Paige.

My wife was a little nervous because she is not a triathlete and while she understands the training work required, she does not understand how sponsorships work.  That, and the fact that we are expecting our first child (also a girl) in early to mid-February.  I will admit that I don't know how they really work either, but she's worried that I will feel compelled to do things to justify having the sponsorship and train more than I would normally.  After telling her that family comes first (something that, admittedly, took me a while to get a handle on just after we were married 4+ years ago) I tried to get her to stop trying to plan the next five months and focus on the next week or two so as to not overwhelm herself.

I think a lot of the onus is on me to ensure that she doesn't feel like this would have a detrimental effect on our marriage/relationship/family.


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